Rising right-wing star, Arizona legislator, Terri Proud believes the road to stopping women from having abortions is paved with terrorizing them and forcing them to watch medical procedures. She lovingly said in an email that was published on the political website Arizona Republic, that if she had it her way–women would be forced to watch an abortion before they can receive one.
The actual email reads:
Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else.
Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain – I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.
This email was in response to a citizen rightfully concerned about HR 2036 the bill introduced by Kimberley Yee aka the “fetal pain” bill which would ban abortion after 20 weeks because according to her non-medical opinion, this is when a fetus “feels pain.”
Like the Phoenix New Times blog states, I can think of many medical procedures I don’t want to see before having them. I would say, pretty much any of them, especially anything dental! It’s a really specific person (someone with a stomach of steel or intense curiosity) that is able to watch medical procedures and not wretch, let alone go forward with them.
The only reason Proud would want women to watch an abortion is to humiliate and shame them out of having one. Stay classy Arizona!
When asked if she meant to make this statement, Proud reiterated that she did mean what she wrote and stood by her email.